Angel – The fourth-ranked UCLA men’s basketball team extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 23 games with a 78-43 victory over California State on Saturday night in a game hosted by Wescomb.
The win also marked the Bruins’ 11th straight victory over the Golden Bears. UCLA (23-4, 14-2 Pac-12) limited Cal to 43 points, the fewest points scored in a single game by a Bruins opponent this season. UCLA beat Utah by 49 points in a home win on Thursday, January 12.
The Bruins dominated Saturday’s game against Cal (3-24, 2-14 Pac-12) from the start. In the first six minutes of the game, UCLA was up 12-0. California didn’t play until 13:57 after Joel Brown’s short jumper. Before that basket, California was 0 for 7 from the field.
jamie jacques jr. Leading all scorers in the first half Saturday, he totaled 13 of the team’s leading 20 points before halftime. Jaquez Jr. also had a team-leading seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes of the game. He scored 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Cal was just 11-of-50 (22 percent) from the field Saturday. That marks the lowest percentage of field goal attempts in a game by any UCLA opponent since the 1970-71 season. Last season, UCLA limited Stanford to 13 field goals in a game at Pauley Pavilion.
“Obviously our defense was as good as we could get early in the game and then we held them to 11 field goals throughout the game,” said Mick Cronin, head coach of the Michael Price family UCLA men’s basketball team. “We worked hard. Tonight, our goal was to stay focused and make sure we were professional and we had the right attitude. We tried to practice hard here. When you do that, the results speak for themselves. Get a lot of people in minutes.”
UCLA led 38-15 going into the break.Cal’s 15 points in the first half were the fewest scored by a Bruins opponent in any half Mick Cronin Take over as head coach at UCLA ahead of the 2019-20 season. Two weeks ago, UCLA limited Oregon State to 18 first-half points in a win over Corvallis, Oregon.
The second half on Saturday was much the same. UCLA outscored the Golden Bears 40-28, extending the deficit to 37 with 11:52 left. Jaquez Jr.’s fast-break layup gave the Bruins a 59-22 lead over the Golden Bears.
Jaquez Jr. finished Saturday’s win with a 6-for-11 shooting. He reached the 20-point plateau for the ninth time this season, shooting 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
Bailey had 16 rebounds and grabbed a season-high nine. Jaylen Clark Got 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Cal State’s Kuany Kuany led the team with 14 points and went 2-for-5 from 3-point range.
With Saturday’s win, UCLA gets a first-round bye in next month’s Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. The top four (out of 12) teams in the Pac-12 conference will get byes in the conference tournament at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UCLA returns to Utah on Thursday, February 23. Game time is 8:00 PM PT (9:00 PM MT, Salt Lake City). UCLA games at the Jon M. Huntsman Center will be broadcast nationally on FS1.
The Bruins wrap up their two-game road trip next Sunday in Colorado.
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